OK, even though pretty much everyone has at least heard about if not written dozens of “acrostic poems,” ever since I went to China in 2016 to teach English I can’t NOT share this poetic form because of the cutest experience I had with one of my students there. You can read about it later in this post.
So, it only takes a few steps to write an ACROSTIC POEM:
1. Choose a name or the object of your poem.
2. Write that name or that word down the left-hand side of your paper vertically, generally using all capital letters.
3. Start each sentence of your poem with the capital letter on that line.
4. No need to worry about rhyming or counting syllables or anything.
5. Each line can be whatever length you choose, from one word to a longer sentence.
One word/line acrostic for the name “Susan” (Yes, I know this is a lame example, but it’s just an example. I know you can do better):
Or, use the first letter as the beginning of a sentence instead of a single word.
I've shared this in previous years, but I really can’t let this poetry form pass without sharing this delightful experience I had while teaching English in China once again. I had a 14-year-old student named “Fiona.” I explained how to write an acrostic poem and suggested to the students that they choose a favorite animal for their poem. I gave additional details and then they got busy.
Soon they were showing me their poems. They did a wonderful job. Then Fiona turned in her poem:
Snow is falling down.
No one wants to stay outside.
A little girl stands at my front door.
Knocks it with a little cry.
Early afternoon, she falls asleep in my room.
I read it and told it that it was a lovely poem but it had nothing to do with a snake. She replied, “But I wrote ‘snake’ down the left-hand side.”
So I explained that the poem also needed to be ABOUT a snake if that was the word she chose. So she said, “Okay,” took back her paper, added a few words, and turned it back in…
Here is what she added to that last line of “Early afternoon, she falls asleep in my room … and then she turned into a snake.”
I loved it!! Love her!! I laughed so hard. It is a cherished memory. And now, you can enjoy it too. Cheers!!
OK, your turn!!
Also – tomorrow we will be creating spine poetry – more details tomorrow morning. Cheers!!
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